DeLillo and History (Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900)
2013 marks two dates of interest for DeLillo scholars: the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination (1963) and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Libra (1988). While Libra takes on the assassination directly, it surfaces across DeLillo's work, from Dealey Plaza in Americana to the Zapruder film as art exhibit in Underworld. The assassination, of course, forms only one site of DeLillo's rich interaction with history.
For a panel on DeLillo and history at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, papers are invited that consider any aspect of DeLillo and history including: DeLillo and historical events; DeLillo and the "end of history"/end of the Cold War; DeLillo's historiography; historical approaches to DeLillo's work.
Those interested should send a 300-word abstract to Andrew Strombeck (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than October 13, 2013. Please include your academic affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, and a brief biographical note with your abstract.